Fuk-kuen is Listening
Interview/ 採訪: Amber Au/ 急急子
English Translation / 英譯: Winnie Chau/ 周穎榆
“Twice a week, I jog in the park downstairs of my building to allow myself to shut down. I wind down completely and stop thinking. When I am jogging, I can hear a lot of sounds. Once, I realised the sounds heard from just a few steps away were already different. So, I ran back. There I discovered there was a building at the side and the sounds were already very different!” said Fuk-kuen. He thinks whether one can hear the sounds in the surroundings depends on whether the mind is calm. If your mind is troubled, you can’t hear anything.
Perhaps, his mind was calm, too, the day he encountered the ‘sounds of the universe’.
In 2012, he was a Year 4 student of the School of Creative Media of the City University, working on his graduation assignment. When he was walking on Reclamation Street, he heard the sounds of the water pipes. “I couldn’t recall which moment, but I heard the sounds of water pipes and felt very soothing, as if I’d gone to a faraway place,” he said. Since that moment, he has been attracted by water pipes, “I like how they look like bamboo sticks; like that they’re very straight and simple; like the fact that they can be found in a hardware store.” Water pipes of different lengths and diameters give out different tones. He assembled water pipes of various lengths together to form a visually pleasing installation work. It was exhibited at the Academic Building Terrace, placed facing skywards. The work is called ‘The Telescopes’, but it was not used to look into the distance. It’s used to listen to the ‘sounds of the universe’.
To See / To Listen
Since then, Fuk-kuen has become interested in sound art. He likes the intangible nature of sound, “I find it quite cool! I buy into non-physical things; the space for imagination is much greater!” He gave an example: earlier on, he and Samson led some listening exercises in the learning group. They shared a segment of the swaying sounds of a swing. Everyone had a different interpretation of this segment of sounds. Someone said he heard a lonely child playing on the swing in a park. Someone else said he heard a mammal looking for its mother. A single segment can evoke different pictures.
Later, an advanced version of ‘The Telescopes’ appeared. Fuk-kuen took park in Around sound art festival in Amino-cho, Kyotango of Kyoto in Japan in 2014. He erected four sets of installation. The top of each installation was made of two wooden bars with a water pipe above them. One water pipe was for seeing and the other one for listening. They formed a 90° angle. Therefore, what you saw would be different from what you heard. What you saw might be the tip of the mountain and what you heard might be the sound of sea waves. The four-sets were place at a different spot on the beach, integrating into the surrounding environment. He said, compared to ‘The Telescopes’, he liked this piece of work more, as this piece focused more on bringing audience a seeing-and-listening experience. It’s not a work that would give the false impression that it’s merely for visual appreciation.
Recently, he created another segment of the ‘sounds of the universe’. The tool he used was a sliding cap of a water bottle. He always surprises people!
(please scroll down for Fuk-kuen’s creation)
《The Telescopes》後來有個進化版本。福權參與了2014年在日本京都府京丹後市網野町的「聽在」聲音藝術節，他在海灘豎立了四組裝置，每組裝置，都由兩條在頂部平放了水管的木條組成，一條水管用來看，一條水管用來聽，兩者呈九十度角，所以，看到的和聽到的，是兩樣不同的事物。看到的，可能是山的末端，聽到的，卻是海浪聲。這四組裝置，放在海灘的不同角落，融合於海灘的環境。他説，比起《The Telescopes》，他更喜歡這一件作品，因為這一件更加專注地為觀眾帶來一個看和聽的經驗，而不㑹讓人誤㑹這是一件純粹觀賞它外形的作品。
:: Fuk kuen’s creation in sound ::
:: 福權的聲音創作 ::
spinner, stone, tone 旋轉、石頭、單聲調
Previous work 過往作品:
exhibited in Amino-cho, Kyotango of Kyoto in Japan 於日本京都府京丹後展出